October 2010

October 2010 (3)

coverweb This issue of FJC Magazine includes some amazing stories and anecdotes from three FJ Cruiser events: The FJ Summit, Thrill on the Hill, and All Cal 2010. Of course we’ve included plenty of awesome photos as well, so you’re sure to enjoy all of our event coverage.

We finally got the LoD Rear Bumper installed, so checkout our pics and get all the info on page 4. We decided now would be a good time to round-up all of Lance’s Expedition Wheeling articles, so see page 17 for a summary of every article he’s written for us.

Perhaps our favorite feature this issue is an exclusive interview with Joe Bacal, lead test driver during the development of the FJ Cruiser. Joe has also included a few rare photos of the prototype FJ Cruiser performing some amazing feats. ALSO, starting in January 2011 Joe will be answering your FJ Cruiser related questions. You can ask Joe anything about the FJ Cruiser and we’ll publish your question and his answers in our new feature coming in the next issue. Simply e-mail your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some other great stories you’ll find in this issue:

  • Taft is back with a long term review of the Baja Rack basket for the OEM FJ Rack.
  • We have some insight on the newly announced 2011 FJ Cruiser.
  • Fuel Magazine sent us an update on their Project FJ.
  • We have new products from Sierra 4x4 Trailers AND Otterbox, so check those out!



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Friday, 01 October 2010 07:03

October 2010 : Volume 3 : Issue 4

Written by Shane Williams

coverwebFall is in the air, so it must be time for another issue of FJC Magazine. We’re very excited to bring you one of our best issues to date! As we close out our third year of publication, we first want to thank everyone for their support. We simply could not produce such an amazing publication without our contributors, subscribers, vendors, and friends, so thank you!

This issue of FJC Magazine includes some amazing stories and anecdotes from three FJ Cruiser events: The FJ Summit, Thrill on the Hill, and All Cal 2010. Of course we’ve included plenty of awesome photos as well, so you’re sure to enjoy all of our event coverage.

We finally got the LoD Rear Bumper installed, so checkout our pics and get all the info on page 4. We decided now would be a good time to round-up all of Lance’s Expedition Wheeling articles, so see page 17 for a summary of every article he’s written for us.

Perhaps our favorite feature this issue is an exclusive interview with Joe Bacal, lead test driver during the development of the FJ Cruiser. Joe has also included a few rare photos of the prototype FJ Cruiser performing some amazing feats. ALSO, starting in January 2011 Joe will be answering your FJ Cruiser related questions. You can ask Joe anything about the FJ Cruiser and we’ll publish your question and his answers in our new feature coming in the next issue. Simply e-mail your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some other great stories you’ll find in this issue:

  • Taft is back with a long term review of the Baja Rack basket for the OEM FJ Rack.
  • We have some insight on the newly announced 2011 FJ Cruiser.
  • Fuel Magazine sent us an update on their Project FJ.
  • We have new products from Sierra 4x4 Trailers AND Otterbox, so check those out!





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Until next time, Tread Lightly, Stay the Trail, and HAVE FUN!

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Monday, 18 October 2010 09:18

2010 FJ Summit : A short anecdote

Written by Shane Williams

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Black Bear Pass - 2010 FJ Summit

In July, Ouray was again filled with FJ Cruisers from around the country for the 4th Annual FJ Summit. If you haven't been, we highly recommend making the trek to “Switzerland of America” for next year's event. The mountains are beautiful, the people are wonderful, and I believe this is one of the best off road events in the country.

Since this is our 4th year in Ouray for the Summit, we’ll refrain from the normal narrative on how beautiful and awe inspiring the trail runs were. Instead, we’d like to treat you to a few select pics from FJC Magazine Trail Team Members from the event. We do, however, want to share one anecdote.


When Angie and I arrived late Wednesday evening the rain was pounding Ouray quite heavily, and had been for hours. If you’re not familiar with the arid climate in Colorado, hard rain storms in July can have major consequences in the mountains.


The next morning there was still quite a bit of drizzle coming down when I met up with the early morning Black Bear Pass group. I asked our trail leader, Chris Hatfield from TLCA, how he felt about Black Bear Pass in the rain and he didn’t have any concerns. We were all experienced drivers and the trail is not terribly difficult (just intimidating). I agreed and we headed up to the trailhead.

The rain was slowing down by the time we began airing down at the trailhead, but it was still sprinkling. I jumped ahead of the group to setup for video and still shots. Although I was in CB range, I tuned to the HAM channel we agreed upon to monitor their progress. It’s there that I learned Chris Davis from Rising Sun 4x4 would be the “Drop Off” spotter for the day. We chatted a little on HAM as we headed up the trail.


By the time our group had reached the summit of Black Bear (after an AWESOME optional ‘waterfall’ obstacle), Chris D. had run into a problem. Not long after starting downhill from the summit, he discovered a giant 2-3 ton boulder blocking the trail. Chris H. and I left the group up top and headed down to see if we could get the boulder off the shelf of the trail. About an hour later, after trying many different methods to move the rock, we were able to guide Chris’s Sandstorm FJ over it. From there it was just a matter of pulling it out of the way, which required Chris H.’s V8 equipped FJ-80 to finish.

We called back to the group at the summit and continued down the trail.

For about 1/2 mile.


I guess we should’ve scouted a little further ahead before bringing all those FJ’s down the shelf road, because we were once again blocked. This time, there was no way we were moving the obstacle: an entire hillside had slid down to cover the trail. The rain took its toll on the loose rock and caused a mushy slide of rocks and mud to completely wipe out the trail for at least 30 yards. As off road types, our first thought was to crawl over it, but one step into the mush and we knew we weren’t going anywhere. All that rain made the slide a muddy mess that sunk down 4-5 inches when walking on it.


So now we practice the art of backing up a one way trail. We had about 10 trucks that had to back up 50-100 yards to a suitable turn around spot. I had the honor of spotting everyone to help get the group turned around, and after about 20 minutes or so we were on our way back.

We were able to notify FJ Summit HQ of the issue and they notified the county officials to get the mess cleaned up. The trail was open by later that day, but unfortunately we weren’t able to complete Black Bear Pass at this years Summit. But luckily, there’s always next year :)

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    Friday, 22 October 2010 14:00

    LoD Off Road Rear Bumper Install

    Written by Shane Williams

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    LoD Off RoadWhen it finally came time to select a rear bumper for our ’07 TRD FJ Cruiser, we narrowed it down to the Expedition One and the LoD. We ultimately decided on the LoD, mainly because we haven’t seen many of these on the road and thought it would be great for our readers to learn more about this option. LoD Off Road has been a top name in the world of Jeep aftermarket parts for years, but their rear bumper is the first product they’ve produced for the FJ Cruiser. Chris Leuch sent us a very well packaged bumper in early September so we could get her installed for the October issue.

    Right off the bat, you can tell this is a quality product. I’ve never seen any product packaged as well as this bumper, right down to the wooden frame surrounding it. It seems as if LoD literally builds the box around the bumper, because it took about 20 minutes and more than one tap with the hammer to spring the steel from its container. We give them two thumbs up for making sure the bumper arrives as perfect as the day it was built.

    A major feature that led us to choosing this bumper was the swing-out rear tire carrier. Unlike most other carriers, it’s attached to the door so when you open the door, the carrier swings with it. The carrier is beefy and well engineered to ensure a rattle free ride when on the trail. Installation time was a respectable 4.5 hours, with only a few minor issues that had to be figured out.
    The instructions on the LoD website are very well constructed and easy to follow. While there are a few minor items missing in the instructions, overall they break down the install process very well. The provided high-resolution color photos definitely help (see the sidebar for a list of installation tips).

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